HC Deb 22 February 1944 vol 397 cc644-5
43. Mr. Ivor Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will remove the restrictions by which the general officer commanding London district is required to be a Guards officer.

Sir J. Griģģ

The suitability of the officer concerned is the deciding factor in making these appointments.

Mr. Thomas

Can the right hon. Gentleman assure me that there is no such restriction, and that it would be possible for an officer of that greatest of all London regiments, The Royal Fusiliers, to be appointed?

Lieut.-Colonel Dower

Is my right hon. Friend aware that all ranks in the London district are proud to be commanded by a Guards officer?

Sir J. Griģģ

If my hon. and gallant Friend wants to pursue the matter further, he should put down another question.